Wirral is home to vibrant, energetic and engaged communities, people who take real ownership of their local area and are passionate about making Wirral a better place. The council and its partners have pledged to #BeTheDifference.
We’ve got ambitious targets to meet by 2025. To achieve everything we have promised to our residents, we need people who are driven and ready to deliver the very best for our communities - #BeTheDifference.
As Panel Chair, you will be required to take responsibility for chairing panel meetings, ensuring that all items of business are covered and that the panel operates in accordance with Fostering Regulations and Wirral Council's policies and procedures. Keeping the experience of the child at the centre of your discussions you will lead the independent scrutiny of Fostering Assessments and Reviews in order to make recommendations to the Agency Decision Maker in respect of carer's suitability to foster and/or any changes to their approval.
You will have experience of the Fostering Sector either professionally or personally and ideally experience as a panel chair/ vice chair, however this is not essential. We are specifically looking to recruit an individual to this key role who has experience and skills in chairing and participating in complex meetings where a wide variety of views maybe expressed.
As an able communicator you will support the development of the Fostering Service through strong links to the Panel Advisor, Fostering Management Team and the Agency Decision Maker. Good listening and communication skills are essential along with the ability to make an assessment based on the written and verbal information presented to the panel.
The expectation is that you will provide leadership to the panel by being well prepared, reading panel papers carefully identifying key issues and alerting the Panel Advisor if necessary to any concerns. The successful applicant also needs to be able to provide focus, manage time and create a safe space to consider complex issues and record clear decision making in the presence of panel members.
You will be committed to continuous development and learning and be able to promote best practice and assist in the recruitment appointment and appraisal of panel members as required.
Interviews are planned for 4th of November. Interviews will be undertaken virtually via Microsoft Teams.
For more information, please contact Steve Smith - email@example.com
This position will initially, in line with current government guidance be based from home. In future, the Council will be moving to a hybrid of working arrangements for many of our roles with a combination of homeworking, office and site working as required.
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The successful applicant must have the ability to converse with members of the public and provide advice in accurate, spoken English
This post is subject to Enhanced Level DBS check.
Please note that in accordance with the Council’s policy, employees who are in a formal redeployment situation will be considered in the first instance for all vacancies.
It is Council policy not to re-appoint any employee who has left under the terms of the Council’s Early Voluntary Retirement (EVR) scheme or who have left with a voluntary severance (VS) package, unless in exceptional circumstances
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